The Pat Quinn Classic, now in its fourth year, keeps on getting “better and better,” according to the tournament’s Honourary Chair, Cliff Ronning.
For the first time, the 2018 edition of the tournament will include a female division – PeeWee AAA. “I have not see a lot of female hockey at the U14 level, I am really excited to see where their game is at,” said Ronning. “Pat would have loved to see the girls participate.” Ronning says a player in this tournament could wind up in the Olympic Winter Games one day. “For the girls, their dream is to put on the Canadian sweater and represent their country. By having a high-quality tournament like this, it gives them a feel of what could happen.”
With the female division and the three male divisions (Peewee AAA Elite, Bantam AAA and Bantam AAA Elite), the minor hockey tournament continues to grow and will feature some 50 teams competing over four days at the end of December. Ronning is thrilled to see how the tournament has evolved since 2015. “I always thought this tournament would be successful. And If can keep passing along what Pat Quinn stood for, that’s very special.”
Ronning says with a professionally-organized event, players and spectators receive a full sport competition experience. “We’ve got a passionate group that wants to really put on a great show for the people coming from all around to show that Burnaby is a beautiful place. I’m very proud to be from Burnaby.”
As more top teams from across BC and the United States continue to register for the Pat Quinn Classic, Ronning says spectators will see something special when make the time during the holiday season to stop by one of the arenas to take in a game. “There’s just great talent and great hockey. These teams play their hearts out right to the end, every game.”
The 2018 tournament takes place December 28-31. The Bill Copeland Sports Centre, in Burnaby Sport Park, is the feature rink for the 2018 Pat Quinn Classic. Other venues include Burnaby Lake Arena, Burnaby Winter Club, Kensington Arena, Burnaby Winter Club and Burnaby 8 Rinks